Changing Bodies

31 Mar 2016
POSTED BY Y Magazine

When and where to opt for plastic surgery can be tricky. Here, a leading expert offers some tips



Everyone wants to look as good as they can. However, when considering whether or not to have a nip or a tuck or more, other reasons come into play, according to Dr Abdulbaqi Alkhatib, a plastic surgery consultant at Burjeel Hospital, Abu Dhabi. 

Some of the factors, says Dr Alkhatib, can include:

  • Professional reasons, which is often the case with actresses and television presenters
  • Dissatisfaction with one’s appearance as a result of several pregnancies
  • Media coverage. The media can play a key role in promoting plastic surgery, and advertisements can often misrepresent what results can be achieved, reflecting negatively on people’s expectations
  • The influence of friends and relatives

Dr Alkhatib offers the following tips for those considering plastic surgery:

1. How to choose the right plastic surgeon? 

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Choosing the right surgeon usually depends on their level of experience and efficiency, reputation, professional ethics and the success rate of the operations they have performed. In fact, doctors in other fields of expertise may also play an important role in assessing plastic surgeons and recommending them to their patients.

2. How to choose the right hospital?  

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Choosing a hospital depends on the following factors:

  • Hospital’s reputation and management
  • The level of experience and efficiency of the medical staff
  • The equipment and resources available, including medical devices, pharmacy and radiology units
  • The location

3. Are there any specific complications incurred in plastic surgery as a speciality? If so, what are they?

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Plastic surgery is no exception when it comes to the surgical complications that other medical procedures may have. The successful plastic surgeon is one who can avoid these before they occur and also ensure the patient’s health is well enough to undergo the surgery and general anaesthesia.

4. What tips would you give to people who are considering plastic surgery?

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  • Maintain a healthy lifestyle constantly. For example, avoid smoking
  • Exercise regularly and maintain a healthy diet
  • Have realistic expectations as cosmetic procedures are meant to improve the appearance rather than strive for perfection

5. What advice would you offer to less experienced plastic surgeons?

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  • It’s important that they don’t risk performing complicated surgeries that exceed their abilities
  • Ensure the patient’s overall health is well enough to undergo surgery
  • Provide the patient with a detailed and clear description of the nature of the surgery to be performed and its side effects
  • Be professional, and maintain the ethics of the profession at all times


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